Radio in the line of fireListen /
Wednesday 13 February is World Radio Day. And according to UNESCO – it's a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.
But while we celebrate radio, we pause to reflect on the physical and other attacks that are often visited upon radio journalists.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, between 1992 and 2012, 20% of journalists killed in the world worked in radio. However, these percentages spike in some countries – like in Somalia where 65% of murdered journalists worked in radio.
UN Radio’s Donn Bobb spoke with Jaco Du Toit, Adviser for Communication and Information at UNESCO’s Regional Office for eastern Africa and asked him what role UNESCO plays in helping Somali radio journalists.